Lee Hoffman, born Shirley Bell Hoffman, Chicago, IL) was an American fan, an editor of early folk music fanzines, and an author of science fiction, Western and romance novels. She was called LeeH and, while married to Larry Shaw, Lee Shaw and LeeH Shaw.
From 1950 to 1953, while living in Savannah, GA, she edited and published the highly-regarded science fiction fanzine, Quandry. In November 1951, she began publication of Science-Fiction Five-Yearly, which has appeared regularly for 55 years. The last issue in 2006 ran 58 pages and won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine at the Nippon 2007 Worldcon).
Since her initial fanac was exclusively by mail, few fans at first were aware she was actually a woman. (This was an era when women were still a small minority in fandom.) When Walt Willis found out, his first actions were to grab the telephone and call Bob Shaw: "Lee Hoffman is a girl!" Bob Tucker's reaction, when he met her at the 1951 NOLAcon was more understated, but still amazement: "I'll be damned!"
She was briefly married to editor Larry Shaw from 1956 to 1958, and she was the assistant editor on the science fiction magazines he edited, Infinity Science Fiction and Science Fiction Adventures. During that same time, she began editing and publishing her folk music publications, Caravan and Gardyloo, which found a readership through Izzy Young's Folklore Center as the folk music scene expanded during the late 1950s. She received nominations for the 1951 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo and the 1951 Best Fan Artist Retro Hugo as well as the 1954 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo. She won the 1987 Rebel Award.
Hoffman won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for her novel The Valdez Horses (Doubleday, 1967). In Spain, John Sturges directed the 1973 film adaptation, The Valdez Horses/Valdez, il Mezzosangue (aka Chino), starring Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland. Under the pseudonym Georgia York, she wrote historical romances for Fawcett Books during the years 1979 to 1983.
Name: Lee Hoffman
Born: August, 14, 1932, Chicago, IL
Died: February 6, 2007, Port Charlotte, FL
Fanzine Published: Quandry
Dates: August, 1950 - November, 1953
Notes: Quandry was the focal point fanzine of its period. It was the main venue where Walt Willis wrote and gained his massive influence and popularity. Quandry was so influential that when Hoffman announced that it would no longer be published, Harlan Ellison declared that it was the end of the era of Sixth Fandom and that Seventh Fandom had begun.
Fanzine Published: Science-Fiction Five-Yearly
Notes: Usually published with co-editors
Won the 2007 Best Fanzine Hugo at Nippon 2007 (Worldcon), Yokahama, Japan. Co-edited with Geri Sullivan and Randy Byers
Fanzine Published: Self-Preservation
Issues: 13 (at least)
Dates: Fall, 1961 - September, 1971
Note: Published for the Fantasy Amateur Press Association (FAPA). One of many different fanzines Lee published for FAPA.
Conventions chaired: None (Honorary Co-Chairman Tropicon 1-10)
Conventions worked on: Tropicon 1-7